The U.S. Supreme Court has closed the book on an 11-year-old copyright case that, in its final form, granted The National Geographic Society — and by extension, other publishers — the right to reproduce its magazine archive in digital format without paying additional royalties to freelance contributors.

The high court on Monday denied a petition for a writ of certiorari from Florida undersea photographer and former National Geographic magazine contributor Jerry Greenberg. In July, the full 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 7-5 in favor of National Geographic.

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